Katy Steele

Crash is about the way we see ourselves and the way we see one another. It’s about racism, discrimination, and forgiveness. Most important, it’s about what happens when hate and love collide.

Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart.
Psalm 34:14 (GNT)

I like Crash because it’s real. In the real world, people judge one another based on appearance. Crash also shows that we are all searching. Some people find pain in the search and express their anger through hatred. Others find desperation and wake up to their brokenness. Seeing their own need, they realize their need for other people. Crash portrays pain and raw human emotion as the characters slowly learn that hate only breeds more hate.

Crash is a double-take movie. It kept me on my toes as I tried to connect the stories together piece-by-piece. Only when I stepped back to look at the whole plot did I realize that each character’s story was an integral part of another character’s story. Crash is a powerful illustration of how we are all wrapped up in one another’s lives. When we realize that everything we do affects another person, we see how hate breeds hate and love breeds love. Crash is a reminder that as love and hate collide, love will win every time.


JOURNAL: Frederick Buechner said, “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” Write about how you have experienced this idea that our lives, our stories are all connected.

—from devozine (July/August 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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